Im so happy to be able to feel the autumn air, see the autumn leaves and also experience a little bit of dry weather. It hasn't been the driest of summers and to be honest I have been pretty disappointed with summer. So here is to a great Autumn.
I love Autumn, it's one of my favourite seasons. Now that October has hit you can really feel that sense of Autumn when you are out and about. I only just realised it the other day when me and Lily took our first Autumn walk.
The day wasn't too cold, warm enough for a hoodie and it was also dry. So we headed to a local National Trust area for a nice trip out.
Gawthope Hall isn't to far away from us. It's an area I know quite well as I used to work there many years ago and it was a walk me and my grandma often took. But as we have only just moved back into the area I haven't been for years and it was Lily's first visit. The hall itself is wonderful and Lily was very impressed to see it and called it a castle.
The grounds to the hall are massive and there is so much of it to explore. Lily wasn't to keen on heading into the huge woodland that surrounds it. To dark she said, so we just kept to the lighter areas of the grounds to see what we could find.
Autumn is a brilliant time to explore, and a brilliant time to learn. There are lots of things to teach your children about such as why the leaves are falling from the tree's and why they turn a different colour. Lily was fascinated with the fact that the leaves had changed colour in the tree's and was also enjoying finding different coloured leaves on the ground. She would point at different tree's and tell me what colour they were.
At the back of the hall there are some hedges that make it look vey much like a maze as it has lots of little paths running through in different directions. Lily thought it was brilliant fun being chased and chasing me and her Nan through these. After this we then found some really nice flowers and Lily was talking about the different colours and telling me which she thought was pretty. We sat here for quite a while relaxing. Lily had so much to say about the environment around her.
We probably spent a good hour walking and exploring before Lily said she was cold and so we decided to go in the cafe that they have there and have some tea and cake. This may have been Lily's favourite part of the day as the cake was massive and her favourite, Chocolate! The nice thing about Gawthope is that there is a nice long scenic walk to get in and out of the grounds and so even when you decided to leave you still get to enjoy some nice countryside on the way out.
This may have been our first visit to Gawthope with Lily. But it definetly won't be our last. There is so much to explore and a such a huge amount of grounds to walk through that i'm pretty sure we will get lost in it. In fact, if you suddenly see that i'm not posting on the blog. You know where I am!
Do you have a local scenic area to visit?
Have you been out on a Autumn Walk yet?